Sunday, February 13, 2011

burda, blog post 4, iar 221

In response to the prompt, I would have to agree with most that the new music building ranks highest on the commodity, firmness, and delight scales.  Clearly, it is built to withstand the test of time, and pleasurable to view from both the outside and inside.  It has resonating elements - circles, for example - that are used as both architectural elements and design elements on the exterior and interior.  Classrooms line the corridors, and soundproofing is hung effeciently throughout, especially in the low-ceiling halls.
The main entrance of the building is placed neatly at the end of a long axis - college ave, and while situated in a secluded area of campus, the journey to the building gives the viewer a sense of wonder, preciousness, and even sacredness.
However, in viewing the university as a whole and taking the above mentioned scales into account, I believe that the overall organization of the buildings, roads, and recreational areas is haphazzard at best.  The university as a whole appears exactly has it was made:  as the size of the student population increased and more spaces were made to accomodate them, buildings seemed to be plunked down with no real foresight or hindsight.  I feel as though the architects failed to take into account the fact that there were actually going to be people attending the school, not just life-size scale models.

"in other words, does the space or moment mark something of significance or value in our understanding of the campus and who we are as a university?"

In short, no.  There is no center, no focal point, and it seems and that all roads, that is to say all axis, lead to nowhere in particular.

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